Oscar winner Brenda Fricker said she joined the cast of the miniseries Holding to prove to herself she still could.
The actress specifically spoke about a nine-minute monologue, which she described as “a seven-page, dumbass, to learn.”
Fricker starred alongside Charlene McKenna and Pauline McLynn in the ITV adaptation of Graham Norton’s book.
“That was the only reason I said yes to the role because I thought I was almost 80 and I can barely remember my own name as you just found out,” she said on the Late Late Show on Friday.
“But I thought, do it, take the challenge, look, can you learn it, and I learned it.
“There should be more speeches like this, it’s a story. All we ever want is a story, that’s all you want. So, you give someone a pretty long speech to tell a story, Shakespeare did it for goodness sake, the good writers do it, but they don’t do it for TV for some reason.
“I think the audience is always underestimated. They can watch a speech for a good nine minutes, it’s an insult to say they can’t and they like it.”
Fricker said she still has a desire to keep working, adding, “It’s good work that keeps you alive and moving on.”
After eventually getting a round of applause from the audience, Fricker admitted she has a hard time accepting praise, saying it’s because people of her generation were “always told we were s**t.”
“If someone said something nice to you, it was like a bag of smarties,” she added.
“You can become a showoff very easily … it’s very easy when people tell you you’re good at something to get carried away because you can always be better.”
While discussing her 1989 Oscar success, the Dublin native paid tribute to another Oscar nominee, Jessie Buckley, saying: “She has everything”.
That my left foot Star said Buckley will “win” the Oscar one day and she believes the dreaded Oscar “curse” would not hit her.
“I don’t think it would affect her, it hasn’t affected me either… I don’t think it would go to her head. She’s too talented. She can do anything, she can sing, she can act, she can chat, she can do anything. She’s wonderful,” she said.
Throughout the interview, Fricker teased Ryan Tubridy for “not listening” and bet him $100 that her rescue dog, Juno, wouldn’t “pee” on the floor.
The Dublin native also opened up about being “mildly agoraphobic” and said her “pal” Juno is helping her deal with it.
“There are days when I’m sitting at home and it’s hard for me to get out the door,” she says.
“But she’s sitting there looking at me and she’s waiting, as my father used to say, ‘to defecate.'”
Last year, An Post commissioned a stamp featuring an image of Fricker and Daniel Day Lewis holding Oscars. She said her mom “would have loved that,” but she just thinks it’s “okay.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/oscar-winner-brenda-fricker-says-good-work-keeps-her-going-41996409.html Oscar winner Brenda Fricker says: “Good work keeps her going”